Baseball America named Jeremy Hellickson the Major League Rookie of the Year today. Hellickson had a great season, going 13-10 with a 2.95 ERA. He was one of the few consistent rookies in all of baseball, plastering himself in the number three spot in the rotation. He was a great guy to pitch behind James Shields and David Price and really helped the Rays to one of the best rotations in baseball.
We all knew Hellickson would be considered for ROY awards, and now it is time to see how many he actually wins. Sure, this isn’t the “real” rookie of the year award, but this is certainly a high honor for Hellickson, especially considering this is an MLB-wide award. Hellickson was tops in ERA, wins, opponent average and quality starts.
Also in the Baseball America awards category, Desmond Jennings joined Jeremy Hellickson as the two Rays on the All Rookie team. Jennings spent an abbreviated time in the big leagues this season, but he certainly made the most of it. He burst onto the scene very early when called up. Sure, he tapered off towards the end of the season, but he still proved to be a good leadoff hitter for the Rays.